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For Immediate Release: March 15, 2006
Media Contact: Rob Schlichting - 916-654-4989

Overall gasoline production up at California refineries


Sacramento - Overall gasoline production in California refineries - which includes gasoline for export to neighboring states as well as California's unique blend of cleaner-burning fuel - increased 1.1 percent from the previous week and was up 0.9 percent when compared to this time last year, according to the latest Weekly Fuels Watch Report issued today by the California Energy Commission.

California reformulated gasoline production, when considered alone, fell a slight 0.7 percent from the previous week, a 5.2 percent decline from last year's figures. Refiners averaged 921,286 barrels a day of the California-only gasoline. Inventories of reformulated gasoline increased 2.3 percent from the previous week but are still 10.2 percent below last year's levels.

Production of California diesel this week dropped off 6.9 percent from the previous week but was 18.1 percent higher than one year ago. CARB diesel inventories fell 7.0 percent over the week but were still 6.0 percent higher than a year ago.

California refiners are still in the annual "turnaround" season-the time of year when planned maintenance shuts down some gasoline and diesel production units. By now, almost all have switched from winter blends to summer blends of gasoline. Southern California retailers must begin selling summer gasoline no later than April 1; retailers in the Central Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area must make the switchover no later than May 1.

The entire Weekly Fuels Watch Report can be seen on the Energy Commission's Web site at



www.energy.ca.gov/database/fore

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